Hot Artichoke Antipasto Dip

HOT ARTICHOKE ANTIPASTO DIP Today we're offering a heated dip, either broiled or microwaved, of marinated artichoke, sun-dried tomato, Kalamata olive, garlic and oregano in a dairy free cream cheese by Tofutti. Served with a gluten-free smokehouse almond NUT-THIN cracker! Makes approx. 1-3/4 cup 8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, plain, at room … Continue reading Hot Artichoke Antipasto Dip



AFC SCOTTISH PLAID DIP When there's not one thread or color that dominates the fabric we call it a plaid! The Animal-Free Chef feels free to extend that designation to food. There's no one flavor that dominates the dip. Enjoy this Scottish plaid! Makes 5 cups 15.5 oz. dark red kidney beans plus liquid from … Continue reading AFC SCOTTISH PLAID DIP

Smoky Bean And Pea Dip

SMOKY BEAN AND PEA DIP A quick easy dip that can be made a couple days in advance of a special event - like a holiday? These potent flavors go well with crackers or tortilla chips. Low fat considering the yield!  Makes 3 cups 15.5 oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed - I used … Continue reading Smoky Bean And Pea Dip

Collard Green, Olive And Caper Spread

COLLARD GREEN, OLIVE AND CAPER SPREAD Tired of the same old spinach dips and spreads? Want something new, something different, that tastes like it came out of a Five Star Kitchen? You came to the right place - the only place! Makes 2-2/3 cups 14 oz. pkg. froz. PictSweet Chopped Collard Greens - cook in … Continue reading Collard Green, Olive And Caper Spread

Crabless Cake Bites




Now this is an easy appetizer when you don’t want to start from scratch. And why not impress your guests and make your appetizer the talk of the meal!

Makes 18 bites 

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AFC Horseradish Sweet Potato Spread

AFC HORSERADISH SWEET POTATO SPREAD When you have AFC Coral Horseradish Sauce on hand, this is a great appetizer to make with it. Pretty to look at, ultra creamy and perfectly balanced flavors. This can also be used as a sandwich spread for your veggie or burger sandwiches. Makes about 1-1/2 cups 1 soft-baked sweet potato, chilled overnight, … Continue reading AFC Horseradish Sweet Potato Spread

AFC Sweet Potato Hummus

Can also be used as a side dish vegetable when heated.



Simple and elegant combined makes everyone want to make this Velvety smooth appetizer delight! Exquisite texture and flavor. You wanted an easy appetizer to make for the holidays or any special occasion? This is it.

How much effort does it take to bake some sweet potatoes? Then what are you waiting for? Make them a few days ahead, then when needed, all you do is reach into the fridge. AFC Sweet Potato Hummus has a longer shelf life than most appetizers, so go for it. Surprise everyone with the newest State Of The Art Hummus – made Àla Sharon

Makes 2-1/2 cups

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AFC Red Turkey Cheese Tofu Spread

AFC RED TURKEY CHEESE TOFU SPREAD AFC RED TURKEY CHEESE SAUCE mixed with tiny diced green pepper and Silken extra-firm tofu. Topped with chopped roasted pepper and served with whole wheat crackers. An eggy-white soft boiled texture with smokey high garlic overtones. Crisp lines meet sweet expressions of rightness! You are God after all! Makes … Continue reading AFC Red Turkey Cheese Tofu Spread

Broiled Tomato Cheese Triscuits

BROILED TOMATO CHEESE TRISCUITS Hot cheese melting over fresh Roma tomato with the essence of herb permeating your senses making it feel like you're eating a bite-size crispy mini pizza will delight your guests!  Even when these morsels are no longer hot, your enjoyment won't diminish! Don't forget the napkins! Makes 36 canapes 3 c. Daiya … Continue reading Broiled Tomato Cheese Triscuits

Meatless Sausage and Matzo Pate

MEATLESS SAUSAGE AND MATZO PATE A meaty flavored and textured animal-free pate. This pate served as fried sliders on Jewish rye cocktail bread with mustard, veg mayo and cilantro will have your guests singing at any holiday gathering!  Makes 4 cups 2 T. extra virgin olive oil 2 sm. yellow onions, peeled and diced 3/4 … Continue reading Meatless Sausage and Matzo Pate


CHARRED BRUSSEL SPROUTS Fresh steamed brussel sprouts charred in a little extra virgin olive oil. Tossed with garlic, smoked paprika, fresh grind sea salt and black pepper. Served with Ball Park Mustard mixed with a little veggie mayo! Serve as hors d’oeuvre or side dish vegetable. Low fat! Serves 6 1 lb. fresh brussel sprouts … Continue reading CHARRED BRUSSEL SPROUTS


TOMATO NUT HUMMUS A wonderful hummus. Yes, a tomato nut hummus. I make the rules in my kitchen. No beans in this dip. This is the most unfamiliar tasting recipe. The only things familiar are the flatbread and the fact that it's a dip. Flavors, textures all new! Except that you won't miss the lamb that generally accompanies … Continue reading TOMATO NUT HUMMUS


BOILED PISTACHIO NUTS Ever hear of boiled peanuts? Well, I had only pistachios on hand and I just decided to boil them, and WOWE! Thank you to whomever put that boiled peanut bug in my ear - long ago. If not for that, I never would have known this other pleasure! These are my mussels! … Continue reading BOILED PISTACHIO NUTS


  EGGPLANT TOMATO CREAM  SPREAD Looks rustic, tastes elegant, feels luxurious! Makes 2 cups 4 T. extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 med. eggplant (a little more than 1 lb.), unpeeled, cut into 3/8 inch cubes (no larger) salt and black pepper to taste 4 fresh Italian (Roma) tomatoes, seeded and … Continue reading EGGPLANT TOMATO CREAM SPREAD


ROASTED RATATOUILLE ANTIPASTO A really easy, flavorful antipasto that requires little effort or time! Makes about 4 cups Preheat oven to 400 degrees 4 c. red grape tomatoes, whole 1-1/3 lbs. fresh zucchini, semi-cubed 1 x 1/2 inch 6 oz. white baby eggplant semi-cubed 1 x 1/2 inch Combine veggies in large bowl. Drizzle with … Continue reading ROASTED RATATOUILLE ANTIPASTO


PINEAPPLE BEAN SALSA SOUP - or dip This is my gazpacho - upticked all the way to the moon and back. The longer it marinates, the more subtle the flavors. Some like the old, some like the new! Serve as a cold appetizer soup or a dip with tortilla chips! Makes 9 cups 16 oz. … Continue reading PINEAPPLE BEAN SALSA SOUP – or dip


TOMATO WALNUT TAPENADE Sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts and Kalamata olives are the center of this tomato based tapenade. Rich. Smooth but textured. Potent and subtle at the same time.  A great tapenade for home entertainment or restaurant appetizer! Makes 4-1/2 cups 4 oz. pkg. sun-dried tomatoes, cover in bowl with hot water till soft, drain well reserving … Continue reading TOMATO WALNUT TAPENADE


THE BIG GAME DIP This is a big dip for a big day. It makes a lot so you won't run out. Bold and subtle flavors - crunchy, meaty and smooth textures - make this a perfect party dip for all tastes! Makes 3-1/2 cups 12.3 oz. Silken-type extra firm tofu, rinsed 1 t. salt … Continue reading THE BIG GAME DIP


APPLE TAPENADE Hot, spicy, salty, sweet, sour, acrid, tart means powerful. Serve as appetizer with toast points or French baguette, or with your favorite pasta and marinara sauce on the same dish so the juices can mingle. Heaven on a plate! Makes 7 cups 3 lg. red apples, cored and cubed (3/4") - leave peels … Continue reading APPLE TAPENADE


BLACKENED CAULIFLOWER BUDS Steamed cauliflower buds coated with a dry batter mix, then pan-fried with garlic till blackened. Served with a sweet onion mustard sauce! Perfect for restaurant or home! Serves 2-4 as a first course (sit down to eat) appetizer Prep cauliflower: 1 head fresh cauliflower 1/4 c. dry batter mix (I used Loretta … Continue reading BLACKENED CAULIFLOWER BUDS


HORS D'OEUVRE PLATTER Caponata Babaganoush and hummus spreads served with grilled pita triangles. Kalamata olives, capers and Pickled Roasted Yellow Peppers serve as accompaniments. Garnish it all with chopped fresh parsley, serve and listen to the raves! Serves 6 Recipe for Caponata Babaganoush on this site: Recipe for Pickled Roasted Yellow Peppers on this … Continue reading HORS D’OEUVRE PLATTER


CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH Roasted eggplant combined with a mushroom, red wine and garlic reduction. Finished with toasted sesame seed, tomato and Gia Russa Balsamic glaze! Served with grilled pita bread and/or sliced French baguette and sides of capers and/or chopped Kalamata olive! Makes 3-1/2 cups Preheat oven to 400 degrees 3 ripe eggplant; cut off top, … Continue reading CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH


CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA Whole cranberry sauce, black beans and sweet mini peppers combined with chunky salsa, fresh cilantro and lemon. Served with white corn tortilla chips. Wow! My new favorite salsa! Makes 4 cups 15.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained well to remove all foam (I used Goya brand) 15.5 oz. jar … Continue reading CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA


MUSHROOM AND BREAD PATE A unique way of making, presenting and enjoying mushroom pate! By adding fresh Italian breadcrumbs to the mix, the glutenous nature of the bread, when left to set in the refrigerator overnight creates a pate you can slice with no detraction from the pate or its mushroom flavor! Makes 2 small … Continue reading MUSHROOM AND BREAD PATE


MUSHROOM PATE SANDWICH SPREAD Homemade mushroom pate with red wine, sweet onion, garlic and cracked pepper mixed with Silken tofu to create a delicious, creamy textured sandwich spread. Can also be served, minus the tofu, as a mushroom pate appetizer! Makes 3 cups 1-1/2 lbs. white button mushrooms, washed, drained and dried in colander (this … Continue reading MUSHROOM PATE SANDWICH SPREAD


GLUTEN-FREE SAFFRON SUN-DRIED TOMATO DIP Sun-dried tomatoes, celery, raw onion and garlic, fresh lime, orange zest and saffron. Mixed with Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream. Garnished with celery leaves and paprika. Served with potato chips! Makes 2 cups 3 oz. (dry wt.) sun-dried tomatoes - cover with water, bring to boil, remove from heat and … Continue reading GLUTEN-FREE SAFFRON SUN-DRIED TOMATO DIP


 COCKTAIL HORS D’OEUVRE SANDWICHES A quick, easy, delicious, satisfying hors d’oeuvre sandwich. Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, veggie salami, scallion and garlic. Spread on rye cocktail bread, cut into triangles! Makes  a little more than 1-½ cups spread, enough for 1 sleeve of cocktail bread 5 oz. pkg. Veggie Deli Salami, processed in … Continue reading COCKTAIL HORS D’OEUVRE SANDWICHES


GLUTEN-FREE VEGGIE ‘SMOKED SALMON’ SPREAD Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, Greek olives, sun-dried tomatoes, soy bacon bits, capers, roasted peppers and horseradish. Yes, it takes and textures like smoked salmon! Makes 1-1/4 cups 3 lg. sun-dried tomatoes soaked in hot water till soft and pliable, blotted with paper towel to remove excess moisture, … Continue reading GLUTEN-FREE VEGGIE ‘SMOKED SALMON’ SPREAD


TAPENADE MOUSSE Kalamata olives, fresh garlic and onion processed till mealy, then combined with dairy-free cream cheese till smooth and mousse-like. Served with a 'cutting board' whole grain bread cut into chunks! Rustic and elegant - a perfect match! Makes 2 cups 2 c. pitted Kalamata olives 3-5 fresh garlic cloves 1/4 c. coarsely cut … Continue reading TAPENADE MOUSSE


BLACK & WHITE BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES Black and white fresh breadcrumbs mixed with cashew crumbles, garlic and lemon. Stuffed in pre-cooked fresh, whole artichokes and baked till steaming hot! Makes 2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees Artichokes. 2 fresh whole artichokes Slice stems off flush with artichoke bottoms. Trim stems. Peel off and discard large, … Continue reading BLACK & WHITE BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES


SHARON'S 'PEARL OYSTER' STUFFED MUSHROOMS Gourmet Pearl Oyster mushrooms combined with sauteed onion, celery, garlic and steamed eggplant. Mixed with fresh potato breadcrumbs, fine cashew crumbles, white wine and saffron. Stuffed into crimini and white button mushroom caps, baked till hot, then served with a saffron remoulade sauce! Makes approx. 42 stuffed mushrooms - approx. 6 … Continue reading SHARON’S ‘PEARL OYSTER’ STUFFED MUSHROOMS


MARSALA MUSHROOM PATE Finely diced mushroom sauteed with roasted eggplant, sweet onion, garlic and Marsala wine. Served cold with French baguette slices, Marsala spicy brown mustard and sliced dill gherkin pickles. Makes 2-1/4 cups Preheat oven to 400 degrees 1 lb. (approx.) ripe eggplant, washed, pricked in several places with long 2-tined fork, baked on … Continue reading MARSALA MUSHROOM PATE


PAN-FRIED SOY SAUSAGE CANAPES Served with spicy barbecue sauce and horseradish maple mustard sauce! Makes 32 or 64 depending on size you prefer 8 slices deli size potato bread, or pumpernickel, chilled 14 oz. tube lightlife brand Gimme Lean soy sausage, thawed and at room temperature for easy spreading extra virgin olive oil for frying … Continue reading PAN-FRIED VEGGIE SAUSAGE CANAPES


CLEVELAND CAULIFLOWER SHRIMP COCKTAIL Flavors and textures of the sea without the sea. Nothing fishy here. Ever miss shrimp cocktail? This will do ya' good!! Serves 6-8 Cauliflower: 1 lg. head fresh cauliflower; remove outer stalks/leaves, core, and break into 3-4 lg. segments 8 c. water 1 t. salt 2 bags Shrimp & Crab Boil … Continue reading CLEVELAND CAULIFLOWER SHRIMP COCKTAIL


TRULY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA Dei Fratelli's Truly Tomatoes cooked with caramelized onion, garlic and Kalamata olives. Seasoned with fennel, smoke and allspice. Spread on Artisan baguette slices. Broiled, then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil! Sauce makes 2 cups 3 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 lg. sweet onion, peeled and diced into 3/8 inch squares … Continue reading TRULY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA


BOURBON BAKED BEAN SALSA An American slant to Mexican bean salsa. Bourbon Baked Beans mixed with caramelized peppers and onion and pineapple salsa. Seasoned with fresh basil and mint! Serve with your favorite tortilla chips! Makes 7 cups 2 T. corn oil 1/2 lg. sweet onion, peeled and diced into 3/8 inch squares salt and … Continue reading BOURBON BAKED BEAN SALSA


SPICY INDIAN SALSA Indian flavors meld with the traditional flavors of Mexican salsa. Chili beans, scallions and Garam Masala spice. Exciting and different!  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips! Makes 4 cups 24 oz. jar mild thick and chunky salsa (Frito Lay Tostito brand is gluten-free) 15-20 extra-large California black olives, finely chopped 4-6 scallions, … Continue reading SPICY INDIAN SALSA


BLACK OLIVE MOUSSE Soy cream cheese combined with black olive paste, basil and garlic. Hand-whipped till light and creamy! Served with assorted chopped pickles, mustard, assorted crackers and bread! Makes 1-1/2 cups 8 oz. soy cream cheese, I used Tofutti brand, at room temperature 1/2 c. Black Olive Paste from Italy ( a flavorful one) … Continue reading BLACK OLIVE MOUSSE


ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE HORS D'OEUVRES A cheesy mousse-like spread made from cashews, sweet red roasted peppers, sweet onion, garlic and nutritional yeast. Spooned onto lightly broiled potato bread rounds. Half topped with strips of roasted pepper and the other half topped with Kalamata olive strips. An elegant, melt in your mouth hors d'oeuvre! Can … Continue reading ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE HORS D’OEUVRES


MEATLESS PEPPERONI SOY CREAM CHEESE SPREAD with green scallion and fresh sweet red pepper! Served with Caramelized Onion Ritz Crackers! Makes 1-3/4 cups 8 oz. soy cream cheese (Tofutti brand is best, since it's thicker than other brands) 4.2 oz. pkg. Meatless Pepperoni by Yves 1 c. thinly sliced green scallions, green part only 1/4 … Continue reading MEATLESS PEPPERONI SOY CREAM CHEESE SPREAD